BANGOR — The 2011 Waterfront Concerts series schedule has increased to 16 shows, and the latest may be the sweetest for many as living music legend Bob Dylan and opening guest act Leon Russell come to the Waterfront Pavilion Saturday, Aug. 20.
The 70-year-old multiple-award-winning artist and poet is showing no signs of slowing down in his sixth decade of songwriting, singing and playing.
“We’ve been in talks for a long time and the tour finally came together. I think it’s well over a dozen dates now,” said Orono native Alex Gray. “Besides being a legend, [Dylan’s] kind of a hybrid because he plays so many diverse tunes and has such broad appeal that not many others can even hope to have.”
Along with Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Russell, Waterfront has also added two more rock acts: George Thorogood and the Destroyers on Friday, Sept. 23, and the Carnival of Madness tour featuring Theory of a Deadman — which played the pavilion just a little over a month ago as part of the inaugural Avalanche Tour with Stone Sour and Skillet to open the 2011 Waterfront schedule — plus Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Adelitas Way and Emphatic on Sunday, Sept. 4.
“Didn’t want to bring another act like that back so quickly, but Black Stone Cherry and Alter Bridge are hot acts right now and Alter Bridge has a a hit song [“Ghost of Days Gone By”] that’s getting a lot of play,” said Gray.
Another addition to the schedule is built around the Fourth of July festivities. The Machine, widely considered one of the premier Pink Floyd tribute bands, will perform with the Roger Waters Laser Light Show at the pavilion as a set up for the annual Bangor Kiwanis Club fireworks display on Monday, July 4.
Tickets for all shows are available locally at Mark’s Music store in Brewer, by phone at 783-2009, or online at www.waterfrontconcerts.com. Tickets for these new shows will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
An inductee of the Rock and Roll, Grammy, Songwriters, and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Dylan has won 11 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award during a career that has produced 61 albums — 34 of them original studio albums and five of which topped the charts — and 58 singles, none of which went to No. 1.
Russell, 69, has been performing since 1956 and has 42 albums to his credit. Claude Russell Bridges’ biggest hit, “Tightrope,” went all the way to No. 11 on the U.S. charts in 1972.
“Like a Rolling Stone,” Dylan’s biggest hit, peaked on the charts at No. 2 in the U.S. in 1965.
The 61-year-old Thorogood has been recording music professionally since 1974. The blue collar rocker from Delaware has produced 27 albums, 16 of them studio, and four top-five singles: “Get a Haircut” (No. 2 on U.S. charts), “Born to Be Bad” (No. 3), “You Talk Too Much” (No. 4), and “If You Don’t Start Drinkin’ (I’m Gonna Leave)” (No. 5). Thorogood and the Destroyers have sold 15 million albums worldwide.
An already announced show featuring the J. Geils Band and opening act The Chris Robinson Brotherhood has been rescheduled. The new performance date is Thursday, Aug. 4.
Gray is almost set in terms of his 2011 schedule.
“I still want to do something in between for teens or poppy and we’re still open to other acts and dates that work with our schedule,” said Gray.
Ticket prices, not including handling fees, for Dylan and Russell are $61.75, 51.75, 27.75, and 21.75. Carnival of Madness tickets will be on sale at a discounted price of $22 apiece for the first 1,000 sold and $27 for the next 1,000 sold June 10 through midnight, June 12. After the first 2,000 discounted tickets, the regular price will be $31.50 apiece.
Prices for The Machine and Roger Waters Laser Show range from $5 to $15 and are on sale now.